Farm Blog

40 under 40 award winner Chris Deal of Deal's Orchard

Posted March 7, 2023

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Special thanks to 40 under 40 award winner Chris Deal of Deal's Orchard for visiting  classes today.  We enjoyed learning more about specialty crops, transitioning back to the family farm , and the challenges associated with business start-ups. 



Agronomy in the Field Workshop Series for Women

Posted March 1, 2023

​April - August 2023 | DMACC Dallas County Farm

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Agronomy in the Field is a FREE workshop series designed to provide opportunities for women to learn more about crop production to help strengthen decision-making on the farm and increase the comfort level when talking with landowners, ag retailers, and farming  partners.

Each session will begin at 6:00 p.m. and focus on real-time field conditions and hands-on activities at the DMACC Dallas County Farm. 

Join us at 25749 N Ave. (US-169), Adel, IA:

  • April 18: cover crop and grazing management
  • May 23: corn and soybean planting, early season scouting
  • June 20: mid-season scouting
  • July 18: pasture management
  • August 22: end-of-season evaluations​

​JOIN US WWW.EXTENSION.IASTATE.EDU/DALLAS​

RSVP to Aleta Cochran 515-993-4281 or aleta@iastate.edu

Iowa Cover Crop Speaks to Students

Posted March 1, 2023

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Thanks to Iowa Cover Crop for speaking with our students not only about the benefits of cover crops and the value these crops may bring to an operation,  but also speaking to the value of life experiences and importance of setting career goals. 

Wyffels Hybrids Presentation

Posted February 22, 2023

20230221_160209.jpgSpecial thanks to Doug Pooch of Wyffels Hybrids for speaking about the seed business to DMACC AGA 211 Grain and Forage classes this week. 

Organic Producer Speaks to Classes

Posted January 27, 2023

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Thanks to Dustin Farnsworth of rural Guthrie County for addressing a full house at DMACC Agribusiness classes today. We enjoyed hearing the firsthand accounts of an Organic Producer.  

Agribusiness Students Learn About New Auctioneering Course

Posted January 24, 2023

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Professional auctioneer David Aeschliman is teaching a new auctioneering course at DMACC through a unique partnership between DMACC Continuing Education​ and the Walnut Creek Auctioneer College.

Soil-Max Visits DMACC

Posted December 1, 2022
 

The DMACC farm hosted Soil-Max in mid-November, and there was a YouTube blogger in attendance.

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Calculating post-harvest losses from the combine

Posted November 9, 2022

Beautiful day for some hands-on learning. Did we set the combine up correctly!? Let's measure and calculate losses, then tie those losses to a per acre price! 

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What a great day to be outside learning hands-on!

Posted October 30, 2022

​Students calculate yield in standing soybeans on the Channel Seed Soybean plots. The group that can estimate within a bushel of actual harvest yield data does not have to take the semester test in Agronomy! Best of luck!

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Equipment Plus smart phone app

Posted October 27, 2022

​Students utilize the Equipment Plus smart phone application by John Deere to check for the proper harvester settings on the combine. A post-harvest loss is then conducted in the harvested field to predict losses from combine settings.

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Harvest day

Posted October 26, 2022

​Thanks to Doug Pooch of Wyffels Hybrids, Jon Meade of Tri City Ag Supply (Dallas Center) and Craig Henry of Quality Seeds and Supply (Story County) for visiting with students yesterday during Wyffels test plot harvest day! 

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​DMACC students learn and earn, first-hand!

Posted October 23, 2022

Pictured are work-studies Dakota Boline unloading corn wagons and Ben Clayton in the combine. They are tasked with corn harvest at the farm today. Ben planted the corn acres last spring he's now harvesting this fall.​

Harvesting the corn.

Work-studies on the DMACC farm.

Work-studies harvest corn on the DMACC farm.  

Row Crop Planter

Posted October 18, 2022

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Students were tasked with discussing the general components of a row crop planter and identifying their functions during farm lab.​

DMACC ag students get hands-on experience

Posted October 13, 2022

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This week, DMACC Agribusiness students were able to learn about livestock reproduction from one of the best in the business!​

Dr. Chris Rumsey of Stockvets​ in Indiana (standing above right, facing students) joined DMACC students at Schaefer Farms​​ outside of Adel, where the students got to help with and observe the process of embryo transfer and artificial insemination in Boer goats. In this photo, Dr. Rumsey is explaining the process of super ovulation and embryo flush to students ahead of the procedure.

Student test plots are progressing nicely!

Posted September 14, 2022

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We are learning firsthand which management procedures work best in certain applications.


Aerially Applying the Cover Crop

Posted September 8, 2022
 

The DMACC farm uses the cover crop to hold soil nutrients in place, compete and suppress weeds, and for livestock grazing. A big thanks to Iowa Cover Crop!


Dismissing Class Early to Tarp the Silage Pit

Posted September 8, 2022

Tarping the silage pit.

Thanks for those that stuck around to help. We chopped 250 tons of corn silage used to feed cows and feedlot cattle over winter. ​

Planting Depth, Population, and Tillage Practices

Posted September 1, 2022

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After spending yesterday at the Farm Progress Show, today's task is to research planting depth, population, tillage practices for both corn and soybeans. From there, students will get a first-hand look at how their decisions will directly impact germination and emergence of their crops.

The background in this picture is the Corn Cam Plot !

Farm Progress Show

Posted August 31, 2022

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Farm Progress Show aerial view 2This was the view from the classroom today! Agribusiness students attended the Farm Progress Show in Boone, IA

Tractor Repair Volunteers

Posted August 26, 2022

20220826-1.jpgThanks to the students who stuck around after class and helped replace the tractor window in need of repairs! 

1870's Era Carriage House

Posted August 26, 2022

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Thanks to Dallas County Board of Supervisor member,  Mark Hanson, for taking a break from preparing for the historical society event being held tomorrow at the farm and showing DMACC Students the inside of 1870's era  Carriage House at the Dallas County Farm! ​


Big Show Corn Cam planting day!

Posted May 17, 2022

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Beautiful day for planting corn. Thanks to Channel Seed and Big Show Radio for the 11th annual corn cam plot held at the DMACC Dallas County Farm.

WHO Big Show

Posted May 6, 2022

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Thanks to Bob Quinn of WHO Big Show for visiting with students on the corn cam planting day.


Site Visits

Posted April 15, 2022

Site VisitsIts that time of year in the program...Faculty are conducting site visits with Agribusiness students on internship. Had a nice visit with Grant today at Heartland coop while they were loading semis. Way to go Grant!



Three New Litters of Pigs at the DMACC Dallas County Farm

Posted March 30, 2022

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The DMACC Dallas County Farm​ has farrowed three litters of pigs so far this spring with the help of student labor. Dallas County Farm Lab Coordinator Jacob Githens said they will have a few more litters to go this spring and then will resume farrowing again during the summer agribusiness classes. The bulk of these pigs will be used in classes and then raised and sold into the meat market. These piglets will be ready for market in September (Beef and ​Pork Sales).

Calving just started at the farm. Students will be working with a total of 55 head to calve out this spring. Githens said they currently have 35 head of feedlot cattle quickly approaching their target market weight and ready for meat sales.